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Hellogoodbye :: Crystal Ballroom :: 02.13.14

When I first heard that Hellogoodbye was coming to back to Portland, I was immediately transported back to a time when bands like Hellogoodbye, Metro Station and The Plain White T's ruled the airwaves with poppy songs about young love and heartache. I can even remember at least a couple romances and heartbreaks of my own that were scored to tracks from Hellogoodbye's first album. But that was almost a decade ago. I've grown up, and so has Hellogoodbye - and it was an older, more seasoned band that came to the Crystal Ballroom on Thursday night for the latest chapter in 94/7's "I Saw Them When" concert series.

Before the main act, however, concert-goers at the Crystal were treated to a madcap set by local band, The Ecstatics. Although their two frontmen are still in their teens, the band has built quite a following in Portland, and their fans turned out in force for their performance on Thursday. In keeping with the band's name, from the moment they came onstage, Quincy & Eli turned it up to eleven and kept it there for the duration of their set, which included their best-known track, "Float." (And no, there's no relation to the Flogging Molly song.) Having opened for two I Saw Them When shows (as well as an appearance at PetAid last summer), I wouldn't be surprised if we see them headlining their own ISTW show, one of these days.


Hellogoodbye kept the party going with a short but varied set that featured tracks off of their new album, Everything Is Debatable, along with some of their old hits. Led by Ashland native Forrest Kline, the band's set really highlighted how much their sound has changed over the past decade - while old crowd favorites like "Here In Your Arms" and "When We First Met" still sound as pop-friendly as they always did, new songs like "(Everything Is) Debatable" sound more like Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr or Dan Croll than vintage Hellogoodbye. Regardless of which version of the band you came for (assuming you came for Hellogoodbye at all - I talked with quite a few people who actually came primarily to see The Ecstatics), Thursday's show was another solid installment in 94/7's ISTW lineup.


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People : Dale Earnhardt Jr JrDan CrollForrest Kline

02/18/2014 12:34PM
Hellogoodbye :: Crystal Ballroom :: 02.13.14
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